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Problems with US airline travel

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This episode originally aired on May 31, 2023.

The summer travel season is here, but not so fond memories of winter travel have vacationers worrying about difficulties.

This winter, Southwest Airlines was nearly shut down because of a combination of bad weather and packed holiday schedules that crashed the airline's outdated personnel management system. The airline canceled more than 1,700 flights, stranding thousands of passengers and ruining many holiday trips.

The airline troubles continued earlier this year when the Federal Aviation Administration briefly grounded all air traffic in the country, when the FAA needed to reboot its safety alert system.

As airports and airplanes fill up, critics are calling for more oversight of the airline industry.

We’ll look at what can be done to improve air travel.



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